Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey butter cake is a simple and amazingly delicious dessert with a cake batter crust and soft, gooey cream cheese top that makes it addicting!

This really is a simple cake with not many ingredients, and just two gooey layers. If you like this recipe, be sure to try the strawberry version!

Three slices of gooey butter cake on a white plate

Go-To Cake Recipe

Do you have “go to” recipes you use all the time? This next one is one of those. I almost always have Cream Cheese and Cake Mix on hand, and I know this next dessert is good and easy, so it’s one I turn to often in time of need.

It’s called Gooey Butter Cake. It is so easy to make and always gets devoured, so I make it quite often. I will admit that everyone thinks that are lemon bars at first, but these are more cake batter flavored and so irresistible.

What’s great about them is they can be made with any cake mix, which totally changes up the flavor!

Ooey gooey butter cake crust in a glass baking dish

how to make Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

PREP. Grease a 9×13 pan and turn oven to 350.

CRUST. Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9×13 pan.

TOPPING. Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over your the first mixture in your pan.

BAKE. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit).

TOP. Top with powdered sugar and ENJOY!

To neatly cut the cake: Make sure your butter cake has cooled completely before cutting it into squares. To prevent your cake from sticking to your knife, spray it with a little cooking spray and then wipe it clean with a towel. Cut slowly and carefully.

Adding gooey cream cheese layer on top of crust

How to Store

STORE at room temperature in an airtight container. It should last for 2-3 days.

FREEZE your gooey butter cake to eat at a later time by first wrapping it tightly with plastic wrap. Then keep it in a freeze safe container or bag. It should last for 4-5 months in the freezer.

This is also a good make-ahead option. Just thaw completely when you’re ready to serve and eat it.

Gooey butter cake recipe in a glass baking dish

More cake mix goodies

It’s so hard NOT to love goodies with cake mix (they’re always yummy and so easy!) Here are some of our other favorites:

A slice of ooey gooey butter cake on a white plate

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Gooey Butter Cake Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Gooey butter cake is a simple and amazingly delicious dessert with a cake batter crust and soft, gooey cream cheese top that makes it addicting!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 384 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 8 oz PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • powdered sugar to sprinkle

Instructions
 

  • Grease a 9×13 pan and turn oven to 350.
  • Blend cake mix, 1 egg and butter until smooth. Press into your greased 9×13 pan.
  • Blend cream cheese, 2 eggs, vanilla and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Spread over your the first mixture in your pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until edges are golden brown (middle may sink in a bit).
  • Top with powdered sugar and ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Wow, those butter bars look divine. Thanks a lot for giving me something else to do today! (Maybe after the kids are in bed I’ll treat myself). Your photos are fantastic as well. Thanks for the inspiration. Heidi

  2. These look sooooo delicious! I love a good recipe that’s also simple! Can’t wait to try them out!

  3. I enjoyed your site and especially your presentation pics…. but i noticed the gooey butter bars topping. only calling for 2 cps powdered sugar instead of the traditional 1 lb. Is this correct or did you mean a 1lb box which equals = 3 3/4 cps. ? Thank you soo very kindly. 🙂

    1. It’s just two cups and then I put a little more into the sifter and sprinkled some on. 🙂

  4. This was so simple and fast to prepare! Everyone enjoyed them, thanks so much! I can’t wait to try making the Ooey Gooey Chocolate Rolo Cookies next!

    1. Thanks, Monica! So glad you liked them. You definitely need to try the cookies next – they are DELISH!

  5. Made them yesterday and shared them with my colleagues. Damn these are a piece of heaven in your mouth. Soooo good. Definitely going to make these again.
    Thx

  6. 5 stars
    Hi, Kristyn, I love the recipe and have made the bars several times but I can’t seem to cut them as beautifully as you do. Would you mind sharing your secret for cutting the bars? AND even if i cut them well, I can’t seem to get them cut into equal sizes. Ive tried rulers, it makes it worse, for me… Any help would be super appreciated.

  7. 5 stars
    I have made this cake so many times!! It’s a hit every time!! My family and friends love it!! A wonderful simple recipe !!! Thanks so much!!